Marton (St. Peter)

MARTON (St. Peter), a parish, in the union of Skipton, E. division of the wapentake of Staincliffe and Ewcross, W. riding of York, 5½ miles (W. by S.) from Skipton; containing 381 inhabitants. This parish, which includes the villages of East and West Marton, with the hamlet of Marton Scars, comprises about 2310 acres. The soil is of moderate quality, and in meadow and pasture; the surface is undulated, and the scenery picturesque. The substratum is limestone, which is quarried for building and for repairing the roads, and of which great quantities are sent by the Leeds and Liverpool canal to Leeds and Lancaster. Marton Hall, the ancient residence of the Heber family, is now the property of R. H. Roundell, Esq. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £14. 4. 4.; patron, Mr. Roundell: the tithes have been commuted for £59, and the glebe consists of 120 acres. The church, situated in the village of East Marton, is an ancient structure with a square embattled tower. A free school was founded by the Heber family, in 1755, and endowed with 17 acres of land. There is a spring strongly impregnated with sulphur. Reginald Heber, an eminent divine, and father of Bishop Heber, was born at Marton Hall, and was at one time rector of the parish.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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